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F:ill 2005 

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Annual Report 


Dr. Eugene and Marylou Habecker 

It is indeed a humbling experience to be asked by one's alma mater to 
serve as president and first lady. We have felt God's calling very clearly 
in returning to this place. We do so with incredible joy and expectations 
about all that God is going to do. 

We have a wonderful challenge and opportunity that we need to fully 
leverage together. Let me emphasize that word together — two people 
cannot do this, five people cannot do it, but many people connected with 
arms linked together can do great things. 

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those 
whose hearts are fully committed to him (2 Chronicles 16:9)." This is 
a challenge to have the kind of people that God can fully use and wants 
to use, whether that be at the student level, the staff level, the faculty level or the board 
level. We want to be those kind of people here at Taylor University so that we can work 
together to accomplish His work. 

"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain . . . (Psalm 127:1)." Even now 
as we anticipate the wonderful things I know in my heart that God is going to do with all 
of us working together, unless the Lord builds it, we labor in vain. 

Let us not labor in vain. Let's toil together building the house that He has planned and 
in doing so become all God wants us to become — globally, regionally, nationally and 
internationally. Let's keep the main thing the main thing as we go onward-helping learners 
connect with God's love for the world. 

Marylou and I are excited about this place, and we look forward to all that God has for us 
to accomplish — together. God will do exceedingly above and beyond what we can ever 
dare ask for or imagine. Let's pray and trust Him to do just that. Even now, before it even 
happens, let's promise to give Him the glory and the praise for all he will do in the days 

In closing, "May the God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. 
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus. 
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (II Thessalonians 5:23)." And so he will. 





4 Doors of Opportunity 

8 Home Is Where the Heart Is 

1 2 Alumni and Current Students' Paths 

1 7 Presidential Transition 

18 Annual Report 


28 Campus News 

30 Lilly Initiative 

3 1 WBCL Radio Network 


32 The Pathway Home: 

New Alumni Director Appointed 
34 Homecoming/Parents' Weekend 
36 News Notes 

On the Cover: 

Dr. Habecker mingles with TUFW students. 


Dr. Eugene Habecker 

V.P. for University Advancement 

Mr. Harold Hazen 

Assoc. V.P. for Advancement 

Mrs. Sherri Harter 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Mr Scott Raymond 

Assoc. Dir. of University Relations 

Mrs. Lisa Allen 


Lisa Allen, Aimee Betsui, Char Binkley, 
Serena Duke, Lorie Vincent 


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Doors of opportunity 

President Eugene Habecker's plan to help 
Taylor University achieve its full potential 

Left: Dr. Habecker addresses the Taylor 

community with his vision for the future. 

Below: A painting of his 

first schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA, 

hangs in his study. 

Gene Habecker gTUU68 has come a long way from the 
one-room schoolhouse in Hershey, PA, where he began 
his formal education. It was an experience he describes 
as "one of the most enriching educational experiences 
of my life" because he was able to hear his school 
lessons, as well as those for grades above him. The 
experience ignited a spark within him for education, 
one that has been fanned into a full-fledged fire over the 

Gene came to Taylor in 1964, sight unseen. He heard 
of Taylor through a family friend, and though he was 
unsure if he was college material, he applied anyway. 
Fortunately for Gene he was accepted, since Taylor was 
the only school to which he applied. "I didn't even know 
what a Christian liberal arts college was," he said. "But I 
had a clear sense that this is where God wanted me." 

His time at Taylor was "unbelievable" and "where God 
got ahold of (his) life." A political science major. Gene 
did not have his sights set on any particular career; 
rather, he looked to the Lord for guidance. "I had no 
idea what He was going to do with me," he said. "But it 
was the quality of preparation I received at Taylor that 
allowed me to embrace opportunities when God opened 
the doors." 

God certainly has opened doors, and Gene has been 
faithful to walk through. After Taylor, he earned degrees 
from Ball State University, University of Michigan and 
Temple University School of Law. 


Below: Dr. Habecker is serious 
about his work — and his faith. 


...being a leader who follows the heartbeat of the Lord." 

He truly has a heart for servant leadership, a subject 
he has devoted to three books. Gene hopes to model 
these principles during his time at Taylor "It's using 
power and authority and influence in their right 
ways that makes the difference in being a leader who 
follows the heartbeat of the Lord." 

Only a few years ago, Gene began to feel that 
heartbeat — the nudgings of the Holy Spirit — urging 
him to invest his life in the next generation. He 
pursued some adjunct faculty work on the side, but it 
wasn't until the Taylor presidency opened that he and 
Marylou felt that they could directly "pour our lives 
into students, sharing with them what we're learning, 
the good and the bad." 

And that's exactly what they plan to do each week. 
They will host a weekly one-hour session in their 
home for student leaders (and anyone else who would 
like to attend). For the first 15-20 minutes, Gene and 
Marylou will share what they feel God is teaching 
them and what it means to be a follower of Christ. 
The remainder of the time will be open for discussion 
and questions about anything from the University to 
the Bible and beyond. 

They hope to initiate an active "welcome" with 
students, desiring for the President's home in Upland 
to be a beehive oJF activity. "This home is an asset to 
the University and will be fully deployed to help it 
achieve its mission," he said. "We'll be disappointed if 
we don't have thousands of people through this home 
each year" 

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Below: Dr. Habecker meets 
with students in his office. 

*To whom God has entrusted much, much is required." 

Gene also hopes to meet as many Taylor Fort Wayne 
student groups as possible. He has attended the 
TUFW student leadership breakfast and plans to 
meet with many other students, faculty and staff on a 
regular basis. 

Returning to Taylor "is a very humbling thing because 
it is a huge opportunity," he said. He also recognizes 
the great responsibility that comes along with it. "To 
whom God has entrusted much, much is required." 

Indeed it is. Gene and Marylou are planning for 
just that. "Our goal is to have Taylor achieve its full 

Regardless of what the future holds for Taylor, Gene 
plans to let God direct his steps. "I let Him lead, and I 
follow. When He zigs, I'm going to zig; when He zags, 
I'm going to zag," he said. It's that faithful obedience 
that has brought him all the way from a one-room 
schoolhouse in Pennsylvania to President of Taylor 
University in Indiana. 

A portrait of his one-room schoolhouse now hangs 
in Gene's study. It serves as a reminder of his humble 
educational beginning — and of the many doors 
God has opened. And Gene's desire is to help equip 
students to do the same. 

-Serena Duke, Taylor University Upland editor 





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Home is where 
the heart is 

Marylou Habecker's hospitality is 
apparent to all who enter. 

Left: Full of grace and warmth, 

Maylou's gentle spirit glows with 

love for Christ. 

Maintenance men were busy planting flowers, moving shrubs and generally 
sprucing up the area as I walked the sidewalk to my destination, the 
President's home. 

The door swung open to reveal a friendly face, first lady Marylou 
(Napolitano gTUU68) Habecker She graciously welcomed me into the 39- 
year-old home. Her gentle spirit was immediately evident and matched by 
her soft-spoken nature. 

The smell of fresh paint flooded my nostrils as I stepped over the threshold. 
She quickly introduced me to the housekeepers who were polishing the 

We proceeded through a maze of boxes to the kitchen. The counter was 
covered with gifts welcoming them to Upland. "Everyone has been so 
gracious," she said as she searched the cupboards for drinking glasses. She 
explained how people in the community had already left everything from 
chocolate chip cookies to fresh tomatoes on their doorstep. 

With our glasses full, we made our way to the living room and settled in 
for an interview next to the baby grand piano. The room was cluttered 
with furniture and boxes waiting to be opened. Bare walls screamed for 
decor; empty shelves invited adornment. The Habeckers arrived in Upland 
only one day earlier and planned to leave in a few days for a ten-day trip to 
South Africa. 

South Africa is just one of many countries the Habeckers have visited, 
serving others and developing their passion for global engagement. Their 
involvement with the American Bible Society for 14 years sent them, 
literally, around the world. 


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*1t feels like we never left...'' 

Far left: The Habeckers 

pray together at their 

introduction to the 

Taylor Fort Wayne community. 

Perhaps most memorable for Marylou is visiting 
Jerusalem and the Seven Wonders of the World. But 
it was Garbage Village in Cairo, Egypt, that tugged 
at her heart. 

Garbage Village, whose name reflects its smell, is 
a recycling center where the poorest of the poor 
gather trash, sort it and sell it in an attempt to make 
a living. A destitute man was walking through the 
town when he heard Scripture being recited from 
a tape recording. He went back night after night to 
hear about Jesus. Although he lived in the middle 
of a garbage heap and had missing teeth, he still 
proclaimed, "Now when I have trouble I have hope 
because Jesus is in my heart." 

Marylou offered her perspective, "You can take the 
slickest looking guy in New York City that's so put 
together and perfect, but Jesus looks at the inside 
of our hearts, not what's on the outside." Her hazel 
eyes filled with tears as she recalled the touching 

Only a few seconds later, they lit up as in walked 
her husband Gene Habecker gTUU68 (who she 
describes as "incredibly Godly, passionate and the 
most biblically-centered person I know"). 

"Hi, Sweetie," he said as he came over and gently 
kissed her cheek. Gene and Marylou 's romance 
began as students at Taylor. They were married 
the summer after they graduated and this past July 
celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. 

A first generation college student from Michigan, 
Marylou came to Taylor and, admittedly, "had 
no idea what a credit hour was!" She graduated 

with an elementary education major four years 
later — and a better understanding of the Christian 
community she now so loves. "I couldn't believe 
what I experienced at Taylor, primarily the people, 
secondarily the education." 

Since 2004, she has served as a Taylor Board 
member, a position she held until Gene accepted 
the presidency. Not surprisingly, Marylou and Gene 
share a passion for Christian higher education. "Our 
hearts have always been in (it)," she said. 

But Marylou 's focus is on cultivating relationships. 
She hopes to be involved in the community and in 
the lives of students, faculty and staff — ultimately 
reaching people where their needs are and walking 
alongside them. "We feel like God has brought us 
back and that many lives will be changed, ours 
included," she said. 

And so Gene and Marylou return to Taylor 
University to do Christ's work with joy in their 
hearts and wide smiles on their faces. "It feels like 
we never left (Taylor) but have a whole lot more 
experience and the war scars of life," she said. 

With a big grin, she bid me farewell. As she did, 
the sunlight from the front door reflected off the 
delicate blue hearts on her necklace, causing them 
to sparkle. 

As I left their dwelling, maintenance men were still 
toiling away in the noonday heat. Although they 
still had some cosmetic improvements to make, if 
home is where the heart is, they are already home. 
-Serena Duke, Taylor University Upland editor 

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Autumn Bonecutter g05 poses with the sea Hons 
at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo 


How many of us, at the end of a 
hectic work day, have thought 
that "work was a zoo today?" For 
Autumn Bonecutter '05, work is a zoo 

Autumn serves as volunteer 
coordinator at the Fort Wayne 
Children's Zoo. Although the position 
is an intense and exhausting one 
(she oversees approximately 300 
volunteers who serve around 26,000 
hours a year), it is an enjoyable one 
and she feels blessed to have it. 
With half a million visitors each year, 
coordinating daily volunteers on and 
off site is a huge juggling act. 

Her own life's path took an unusual 
route, as well, attending two colleges 
and pursuing several different majors 
before transferring to Taylor University 
Fort Wayne. 

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Life's Journey 

While considering a career as a 
missionary, Autumn traveled to the 
safari-land of Kenya, with friends 
of the family who were natives 
of the country. While there, she 
attended "Extreme Weekend," 
a youth conference that had an 
extreme impact on her personally 
and professionally. The US-based 
ministry group traveled all over the 
world to present the Gospel. "I was 
enamored with the idea of sharing 
the Gospel in this format," Autumn 
begins. "It was at that event that I 
decided I wanted to 'conquer the 
world for Jesus,' one conference/ 
event at a time." 

"After I returned from Kenya, I 
sat out of college for awhile. Fort 
Wayne Bible College graduates and 
friends of the family told me about 
Taylor Fort Wayne and I discovered 
the public relations program and 
youth conference event-l was sold!" 

As with most majors at Taylor 
Fort Wayne, students are required to 
complete internship and practicum 
experiences at two separate sites. 
Autumn completed a practicum at 
the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in 
2003 where she received practical 
public relations experiences, updating 

Autumn of the volunteer service 
position at the zoo. And, as they say, 
the rest is history. 

Although Autumn is not able to 
share the Gospel with words at the 
zoo, like at Extreme Weekend, she 
is having an impact. She shares,"! 
keep my eyes on eternity. I know 

the zoo's media list, « • n tt- 

preparing news releases, -1^ all your ways acknowledge Him,^^ 

writing for the zoo's and He will make your paths straight." 

membership publication 

and helping with special events. 

In the fall of 2004, she took 
an internship at Early Childhood 
Alliance (ECA) where the 
majority of her experiences focused 
on the area of development skills 
such as: grant research and writing, 
press releases, annual report 
publication and donor recruitment 

In January 2005, with graduation 
just months away. Autumn began to 
look for a full-time position in public 
relations. An ECA co-worker told 

my actions speak louder than words, 
so I perform my job to my greatest 
ability and treat my coworkers and 
the public with value, respect and 

Autumn adds, "I've learned to 
take the paths God put before me. I 
had 'round-about paths getting here 
(TUFW), and I don't regret any of 
them. I'm making the most of the 
opportunities God has given me." 

Her next step on the path? 
Autumn plans to pursue a master's 
degree in communications. 

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In 25 games during his junior year, 
Bemba Sylla, pictured above, scored 
46 goals and assised 14 others. In his 
senior year, Bemba played 1 9 games and 
scored 30 goals and assisted nine others. 
He was named MVP and player of the 
year at the Christian School National 
Tournament both years and was asked 
to play on the US amateur national team. 

If you are a novice, the term "sports" 
may be used of leisure activities; for 
professionals, sports is linked with 
fame; for Bemba Sylla, sports means a 

Bemba was born and raised by 
Fanta and Abdoulaye Sylla, in Mali, 
Africa, a country about twice the size 
of Texas. In a country where 3 1% of 
its population is literate, it is hard to 
imagine that a college educated person 
would not be able to find employment, 
but Bemba's oldest brother, who has 
a degree in mathematics, has found 
himself in just this situation. In fact, it 
is so difficult to find a job that several 
of Bemba's aunts, uncles and cousins 
also live with Bemba's parents; the 
household numbers over 40 members. 

A stellar basketball player, Bemba's 
second oldest brother, Oumar, 

attended a prep school in New 
York and competed in European 
tournaments. Scott Drew, current head 
basketball coach at Baylor University, 
former head coach at Valparaiso, 
recruited Oumar to play at Valparaiso. 
Scott Drew was also instrumental in 
bringing Bemba to the Midwest. 

There were many changes ahead for 
Bemba: a new country, a new language, 
a new family, a new faith. 

Bemba arrived in Warsaw, Indiana, 
the fall of 2003, not able to speak any 
English (the official language of Mali is 
French); taking classes in the United 
States were a minor challenge. His 
report card, mostly A's and B's, reveals 
he mastered the language. That he 
faired well on the sports field is also an 

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a pathway to Christ 

Bemba attended and played soccer 
for Lakeland Christian High School his 
junior and senior years. He played 25 
games during his junior year, scoring 
46 goals and assisting 14 others. In his 
senior year, Bemba played 1 9 games, 
scoring 30 goals and assisting nine 
others. He was named MVP and player 
of the year at the Christian School 
National Tournament both years in 
Tennessee and was asked to play on 
the US amateur national team. And, 
although his name appears on the list 
of Top 1 00 soccer/athlete recruits in 
the country, and most of the athletes 
on that list are heading to UCLA or 
Duke this fall, Bemba chose to attend 
Taylor Fort Wayne. 

Just a few years ago, a Christian 
education would not have been 
important to Bemba; his home country 
of Mali is 90% Muslim, but, "Christ 

changed my life," he shares. Bemba 
became a Christian his first year at 
Lakeland through the Bible classes he 

Secondly, his host father, Frank 
Starkweather, suggested Bemba stay in 
the US and pursue a college education, 
rather than pursue a career as an 
athlete in Europe. 

Tim Kintz,TUFW soccer coach, had 
attended many of Bemba's soccer 
games over the past two years and 
prompted Bemba to visit campus. Tim 
also extended an invitation for Bemba 
to play soccer with the men's soccer 
team at the Fort Wayne Golf Dome 
this past winter. 

"A lot of colleges looked at me," 
Bemba begins, "but I wanted to come 

Bemba plans to pursue a degree in 
business, but ultimately intends 

to return to his home country and 
do missions work. He is not waiting 
for his bachelor's degree to start 
ministering. He has literally sent the 
clothes off his back to his friends in 
Africa. When asked what he does for 
his own clothes, he responded, "I have 
some clothes from Goodwill; I don't 
need much." 

Bemba may very well be this 
century's "Samuel Morris," who 
wanted a Christian education so he 
could go back to his home country of 
Liberia, Africa, to minister, and in like 
manner, did not want much for himself. 
When assigned a residence hall room 
at Taylor University, Samuel said, "give 
me the room no one else wants." 

Christ came to give us a future and a 
hope. Bemba now has both. 






Tim Groman, senior, completed an internship 

with Beazer Homes this summer and was asked 

by the organization to continue working during 

the academic year in a staff position. 


Building homes means building lives. Many have tuned into 
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and have seen the 
transformation of lives that have come, just from improved housing. 
Homebuilders have the opportunity to construct homes and change 
lives for families all the time. TUFW senior and business management 
major, Tim Groman, shared these experiences over the summer. 

Tim completed an internship locally with Beazer Homes. His advisor, 
Evan Wood, chair of the business department, arranged the internship. 
Tim served as assistant to construction manager, Glenn Claycomb. 
Glenn shares, "I have worked with interns in the past. There is a 
distinct difference in working with students who need to complete a 
practicum and those who are like Tim, who thoroughly enjoy learning 
and intend to pursue this field." 

He adds, "I have never had an intern I trusted with program 
implementation before Tim." Tim has been asked to stay with Beazer 
Homes part-time, during the academic year, inspecting subdivisions 
and giving recommendations to onsite superintendents. He will also 
serve as SWPPP (storm water pollution prevention plan) organizer, 
researching storm water control and erosion control and preparing a 
legal document that Beazer will use for EPA compliance. "I feel that 
my marketing classes have prepared me well for this task. I have had 
to complete large projects and make presentations to boards of two 
local companies as class experience," Tim shares. 

Tim's interest in home construction began when he was a small 
boy. His grandfather bought, remodeled and rented out houses, and 
Tim helped him with the renovations. The experiences they shared 
impacted Tim for a lifetime as he prepares at TUFW for a career in 
the industry. 

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The President of Taylor University functions as the chief executive officer of the 
institution, accounting for the overall leadership and management. Since 2000, this 
position was filled by David Gyertson. However, returning to his "original calling" to 
"equip emerging world leaders for the Christian faith," he now serves as distinguished 
professor of leadership formation and renewal at the School of Leadership Studies at 
Regent University. 

Subsequently, God called Eugene Habecker to return to his alma mater to fill the 
presidential vacancy. And he does so with passion and enthusiasm. "We anticipate a 
wonderful and exciting ministry at Taylor, and we have incredible expectations for what 
God is going to do as He leads us together to embrace dreams greater than memories," 
he said. 

Gyertson and Habecker worked together to ensure a smooth time of transition. The 
following report represents the 2004-05 fiscal year, under the direction of Gyertson. We 
look forward to all God has in the future under Habecker's leadership. 

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Annual Report 


Between the lines 

The following pages represent a brief overview of the past 
year, but it is not the whole story. These facts and figures say 
much about Taylor's successes, but they don't adequately 
reflect the whole-person education, the spiritual growth or the 
changed lives that happen each year That's what it's all about. 

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Fall 2005 

PrOVO^^T Annual Report 2004 05 

Progress Toward Achieving 2004-05 
Strategic Priorities 

• Development of New Site and Facility Master Plans for the Upland and Fort Wayne Campuses 

At the January Board meeting the Troyer Group presented an overview of the proposed Upland master 
plan. The Fort Wayne master plan is in the final stage of development. 

• Life Together Covenant Review 

The University Council for Assessment and Planning (UCAP) held forums requested by the Board UTC Task 
Force with key University stakeholders for the purpose of soliciting comments and suggestions about the 
current version of the UTC. 

• Implementation of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) 

In January 2004 the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association approved Taylor's AQIP 
application. Action projects for the next three years have been developed. 

• Enrollment Management 

Refining current enrollment management practices as well as developing improved monitoring, forecasting 
and reporting plans have reached new levels of attention and sophistication over the past year. New 
financial aid packaging standards designed to target specific student profiles have been implemented. Most 
noteworthy is the strong ongoing academic affairs/student affairs collaboration efforts that have resulted in 
raising freshman retention three precent in 2004, streamling class scheduling procedures and developing 
a freshman Irish Studies Program that achieves program enrichment goals as well as meets enrollment 
targets on the Upland campus. 

Information Technology 

• The Luminis Portal, my TAYLOR, was implemented in Fall 2004. 

• The wireless network was expanded on both campuses. 

Institutional Research 

• Stephen Dayton was hired in September 2004 as the key staff member responsible for institutional 
reporting, analyzing data and preparing ad hoc reports needed for "data- enriched decision making." The 
Institutional Fact Book was expanded this year and now includes program assessment reports. The Alumni 
Survey for the class of 2001 was completed. Analysis is underway. 


• The Upland vice president for academic affairs search process was suspended when President Gyertson 
announced plans to accept a faculty appointment at Regent University in 2005. 

• The new academic governance model is working well and being refined as issues arise. 

• A faculty salary study subcommittee of the Faculty Personnel Committee is developing guiding principles 
and compensation recommendations. 

• CTE & CR&I — both the Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Research and Innovation programs 
are unfolding according to proposed timelines. 

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Academic Affairs ''"""=" '*^p'"^ '°°' °' 

Upland Campus 

At the heart of Taylor University's academic Hfe is a committed faculty. Eleven new members joined 
the ranks for the 2004-05 year. Four faculty members were recognized for their long-term service 
as they retired: Dr. Eleanor Barrick, modern languages; Robert Benjamin, accounting; Dr Timothy 
Diller, computer science; and Janet Loy, modern languages. 

The 40th Annual Science Seminar focused on the scientific study of origins. The goal was to expose 
students to the broad range of views held by speakers who have a Christian orientation. 

Taylor students competed well this year in the Ethics Bowl, the Michigan Annual Take Home 
Competition in Mathematics, and a national science competition in Texas where the nanosatellite 
team competed. 

One hundred thirty-five students studied at 21 different off-campus sites during 2004-05. 

New media majors were introduced in the art, communication arts and the computer science 
departments. These interdisciplinary majors are designed to reflect the convergence of 
communication, technology and design in broadcast, web and print media. 

TABS (Taylor Association of Business Students) planned a successful day-long conference in 
February attended by over 300 students. Sixteen presenters, many Taylor alumni, gave students a 
view of what to expect in the workplace. 

Interterm is here to stay! After a thorough study, the faculty voted to retain a 4-1-4 calendar to allow 
for off-campus travel and intensive focus on one subject, thus enhancing student performance. 

Several opportunities for collaboration in research projects between faculty and students emerged 
this yean The Center for Research and Innovation received a Lilly Endowment "intellectual capital 
grant," part of which was to bolster research. 

Fort Wayne Campus 

Academic Affairs on the Fort Wayne campus became a more autonomous unit within the 
University. A separate Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee was formed to review issues 
that only pertain to the Fort Wayne campus. Two campus associate deans were installed to assist 
in administrative duties. Campus academic departments were formed that relate more closely to 
the campus context. 

The campus' distinctive of spiritual formation was enhanced dramatically. Many full-time 
faculty assigned "soul projects" enabling students to meditate extensively on scriptures relevant 
to course topics. 

Distinguished visiting practitioners and strategic partnerships advanced the applied majors 
offered on campus. 

A newly forged partnership between Prison Fellowship and the Justice Studies Department 
trained criminal justice majors to mentor children with incarcerated parents. 

An internal partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and several academic 
departments on campus created a path for an associate's degree online and the completion of 
a bachelor's degree on campus. This program, known as 2+2, is targeting to students from a 
home-schooled background. 

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University Advancement ''"""=" '*^p°'^ '°°' °' 

Upland Campus 


• The Taylor Fund continued to increase again this year with a total of $1,531,273, a 
1 7 percent increase over the previous year 

• Taylor University's extended phonathon for the Taylor Fund marked a 65 percent increase over 
last year's total. Total pledged for fiscal 2004-05 is $407,402 from 3,456 pledges. 

• Alumni participation continues to grow with 46 percent of alumni solicited giving to the 
University. The national average for private liberal arts colleges is 9.4 percent. 

University Relations and Marketing 

• With refined marketing and branding programs in place, publications have moved to a level of 
improved excellence, including three issues of the award-winning Taylor magazine annually. 

• Presidential transition plans dominated the second half of the year, with emphasis on 
communication via print and Web. 

• The Kesler Student Activities Center dedication took place during Homecoming 2004. 
Plans for major Web site revisions are in place, and new portals have been launched. 

Alumni Relations 

• The office of Alumni Relations is building relationships with students, alumni and friends. 
Regional chapters have been established in Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Washington D.C., 
Chicago and Orlando. Online resources such as the Taylor Web site, monthly eNews and the 
soon-to-be-launched alumni portal and online directory make communication with 
alumni more effective and efficient. 

William Taylor Foundation 

• The Foundation accounted for over $3,790,000 in bequests, as well as capital, current and 
deferred gifts. Individuals were encouraged to make sure they have all of their proper 
documents in order, including wills, living trusts (if needed), power of attorney, health care 
representatives and living wills. 

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Fort Wayne Campus 


• The Council of 1 00 recognition program was launched in October 2004 with 44 members 
inducted. The Wall of Honor, located in the Eicher Student Commons, was also installed. 

• The Fort Wayne Fund exceeded its $545,000 goal with the help of phonathon pledges 
exceeding $82,000 and 37 percent alumni participation. The two-week phonathon experienced 
a 1 6 percent increase from last fiscal year 

• Over $75,000 was raised through direct mail, a 30 percent increase over the previous year, with 
each dollar costing only $.10 to raise. 

• The establishment of the Peter L. Eicher Giving Society was announced. Members of the 
giving society are faculty and staff donors. Employee giving for the 2004-05 fiscal year was 
83 percent. 

University Relations 

• The new Web site for the Fort Wayne campus was launched in October 2004. 

• University Relations collaborated with Admissions to implement new marketing concepts, which 
resulted in enhanced publications, promotional materials, television commercials and radio 
spots. The new tagline "Where your calling takes shape" has been well-received. 

• The first edition of Profiles in Servant Leadership was published, and University Relations 
played a key role promoting the Lilly Guest Lecture Series. 

Alumni Relations 

• The Alumni Directory was completed and distributed. 

• Homecoming/Parents Weekend was a huge success raising over $6,000 for the Student 
Emergency Fund with over 150 alumni attending. 

• A state-of-the-art power point presentation was developed to share information with alumni, 
friends, students and parents. 

22 alumnus Q Fall 2005 

Business and Finance 

Annual Report 2004-05 

(in thousands of dollars) 

Balance Sheet 



Cash and Cash Equivalents 









Endowed Assets 



Annuity/Trust Assets 



Physical Plant 









Accounts Payable/Accruals 



Mortgages/Notes Payable 



Governmental Financial Aid 



Trust Liabilities 



Other Liabilities 






Unrestricted Net Assets 



Temporary Restricted Net Assets 



Permanently Restricted Net Assets 












Net Tuition and Fees 






Gifts (Unrestricted and Program) 



Unrestricted Endowment Income and Investments 






Total Revenues 



''Dining Commons, Rooms, Bookstore, etc. 




Academic Affairs 



Student Affairs 






Public Service 



Institutional Support 



Auxiliary Enterprises 



Total Expenses 



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Financial Aid 





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Total Aid 



Includes Upland, Fort Wayne and the Center for Lifelong Learning 

Pathways 23 

Student Affairs ''"""'" ''^""'^ '°°' °' 

Upland Campus 

Taylor World Outreach sponsored eight trips over spring break to the Virgin Islands, Russia, 
Ecuador, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Mexico, Daytona Beach and Homestead, Fla. Over 
150 students, faculty and staff were involved. 

Residence Life Programs presented their annual "Sex in the Village" series focusing on issues of 
sexual abuse, including how to help survivors of sexual abuse and the effects of pornography. 

The Leadership Initiative of Taylor programs had approximately 450 attend their monthly 
leadership training seminars. 

The Campus Ministries Office raised over $14,000 to assist Tsunami relief efforts. 

The Career Development Office (CDO) Task Force recommended the relocation of the CDO to the 
Student Union to take advantage of higher levels of student traffic. Two new staff persons have 
also been added. 

Men's and Women's Conferences had approximately 300 and 500 participants respectively. 

The Multicultural Task Force is in the process of developing recommendations for improving the 
experience of current American ethnic students. 


This past fall, Taylor University welcomed 477 freshmen to the Upland campus. Admissions hosted 
over 1700 visitors and conducted over 1600 interviews. This freshman class, the largest in the past 
three years, came to Upland from 34 states and 10 countries. Over 70 percent are from out of state; 
they averaged a 3.6 GPA in high school, where 37 percent of them graduated in the top ten percent 
of their class. They averaged 1 182 on the SAT and 26.3 on the ACT. Over 27 percent are either the 
child of an alumnus or the sibling of a current student. 


The 2004-05 athletic season was highlighted by six Trojan teams earning 
the right to compete at the NAIA National Championship level. 

• Five NAIA All-Americans 

• Eleven NAIA Scholar-Athletes 

• Thirty-two MCC All- Conference Athletes 

• Eight Mid-States Football Association All-Conference Athletes 

• Three MCC Coach of the Year awards 

• Three MCC Regular Season Champions 

• One MCC Tournament Champion 

24 alumnus ES Fall 2005 

Student Affairs '^"""=" "^^p"" ^°°^ °^ 

Fort Wayne Campus 

Taylor University Fort Wayne student development, dedicated to "whole person" maturity, made 
the theme, "Lead a life worthy of the calling," its heartbeat. A campus committed to intentional 
spiritual formation, chapel programs and campus discipleship played key roles. Ninety-seven 
students participated in Taylor World Outreach short-term mission experiences, including four 
trips to Jamaica, with a special hurricane relief trip after Hurricane Ivan, and two to Ecuador. On 
campus, Discipleship Coordinators planned topical Bible studies, available to students and staff, 
in small group settings throughout the academic year. 

The Lilian Rolf Home and the Clyde Taylor House held upperclass females majoring in elementary 
education and upperclass males majoring in computer science, respectively. Hausser Hall served 
as the first-year student residence with men on the first floor and women on the second. The new 
configuration provided opportunities for developing friendships and programming to be geared 
specifically toward new students. 

The Taylor Student Organization had a productive year as they worked to expand library and 
fitness center hours. In addition, new aerobic equipment was purchased with TSO funding, and 
the senior class donated benches placed under the flagpole in the Witmer Circle. 


Intentional branding efforts were launched in the 2004-05 recruitment year to develop a market 
niche for students seeking curricular and co-curricular programs emphasizing applied learning 
and spiritual formation in the Christian higher education context. These efforts helped to shape a 
freshman class that is less regional, more diverse and more confident in their vocational calling. 


The 2004-05 athletic season was highlighted by the Lady Falcon volleyball finishing second in the 
2004 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament, and the ladies' basketball team 
placed fifth in the USCAA National Tournament. 

• Four All-Americans 

• Two All-American Honorable Mentions 

• Six Academic All-Americans 

• One Second-Team All-American 

• Two All-Tournament Teams 

• Two National Tournaments 

• Six Players of the Week Awarded 

• One Tournament MVP 

• Two First-Team National All-American 

• One National All-American Honorable Mention 

• Two broken school records 

Pathways E 25 

Annual Report 2004 05 


Beginning its sixth year, the Institute for Organizational Effectiveness (iOE) continues to partner 
with nonprofit organizations and their leadership teams to pursue performance excellence. Twenty- 
four CEOs, primarily serving the larger social service agencies in Allen County, have completed their 
iOE experience as members of the first two cohorts. Their program has included special workshops, 
organizational assessments, tailored projects and coaching. We plan to continue to build on the goodwill 
generated in the iOE cohorts over the past five years. 


The 30th anniversary of WBCL approches, and the ministry continues to expand, at home and abroad. 

With the installation of a translator at 97.7 fm, WBCL's coverage now blankets Adrian, Mich., thanks to 
the generous donors who covered the cost of the entire project. 

While many radio stations discontinued Internet streaming due to increasing royalty fees, the value of 
around-the-world ministry outweighed the cost. During this past year, over thirty countries have been 
reached worldwide. 

Listeners provided 24,800 clothing items during the April Romanian Likewise Project. 

26 alumnus G Fall 2005 

Annual Report 2004 05 

Dr. David J. Gyertson 

President 2000-2005 

One of my personal core values is the belief that Christianity is a team sport — 
that God's work is done best when capable, committed individuals serve together 
as the body of Christ. All that has been achieved during these past five years is the 
harvest of a team of dedicated servant-leaders determined to see God's Kingdom and 
Christ's glory first. I am thankful for the exceptional people God brought alongside 
me. It has been an honor to be yoked with each of them in such important and 
productive work. 

May the love of God, the peace of Christ and the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit 
be with you in this Great Commission mission. And may He continue to provide the 
resources, vision and courage to both communicate and demonstrate the redemptive 
love of Jesus Christ to a world in need through tough minds, tender hearts and hands 
outstretched in competent, compassionate service. 

Pathways 27 

A look at Schultz Hall 
from the east entrance 
after the fire, ft-om the 
outside as well as the 
inside (inset). 

Photos courtesy of 
Everett White fs04. 

Schultz Hall Residents Safe After Fire 

Afire in Schultz Hall was discovered by the campus 
safety officer on duty at 5:45 am, October 8, 2005. 
Immediate action was taken, 91 I was called and students 
were evacuated. Of the 35 male residents, 22 were in the 
residence hall at the time of the fire. All residents were 
evacuated safely and their parents have been Informed 
of the situation. SherrI Harter, associate vice president 
for advancement, shares "God's hand of protection was 
on the residents of Schultz Hall and we are extremely 
thankful He guided the campus safety officer and 
residence life staff to discover the fire early, before any 
personal injury was suffered." 

Dr Randall Dodge, dean of students, shares,"! cannot 
say enough about how grateful we are for campus safety 
and residence life personnel who, in the course of their 
faithful service, acted promptly to save lives." 

The Fort Wayne Fire Department was successful 
in extinguishing the fire. Investigation of the building 
damage and loss of personal property is currently in 
progress. Fort Wayne Fire Department officials have not 
yet determined the cause of the fire. 

Taylor University president, Dr Habecker, visited 
the scene of the fire and met with students Saturday 
responding, "the University will do whatever It can to 
make them whole." 

Thirty-five Taylor University Fort Wayne Schultz Hall 
residents and one assistant resident director were 
relocated on campus. 

President Habecker reassured 
Schultz Hall residents, 
"the University will do whatever it 
can to make [you] whole." 

On Sunday staff continued to assist residential students 
(both Schultz residents and others who have been asked 
to relocate to make rooms available) and contact was 
made with numerous parents who came to campus or 
called to ask questions. "Without exception, everyone 
has been patient, understanding, and seeking only to help 
in this difficult situation," Dr Randall Dodge, shared, then 
added, "The student development staff will call parents of 
Schultz residents 
who have not yet 
been contacted 
by a University 

Indiana Insurance 
officials assisted in retrieving vital personal effects for 
the residents. Investigation of the building damage and 
loss of personal property is in progress. Fort Wayne Fire 
Department officials have not yet determined the cause 
of the fire. 

"Bethany Hall residents went out of their way to meet 
our needs," shares Kevin Woods, senior, Houston, TX. 
The Bethany Hall residents prepared coffee and breakfast 
for the men, and gave them blankets and a warm place to 
stay Saturday morning. TUFW faculty and friends have 
provided Kevin, and other residents, with clothing, towels 
and other important items. 

Donations to assist students may be made to the 
Student Emergency Assistance Fund. 

28 alumnus 

Fall 2005 

By taking the first two years 
online, students will save 
approximately $23,000 in 

tuition and $10,000 in room 
and board. 

2 + 2=$ 


Beginning this fall, TUFW students can complete a bachelors degree in four 
years at dramatically reduced costs through Taylors 2+2 Program. 

The j&rst two years of study will be online through Taylor's Center for 
Lifelong Learning. By taking these first two years online, students will save 
approximately $23,000 in tuition and $10,000 in room and board. 

At the successful conclusion of online study, students will receive an 
associate of arts degree in liberal arts with a concentration in one of a variety 
of academic areas. This degree will give students enough credits to attend in 
residence at Taylor University Fort Wayne as juniors. 

The area of concentration in the associate s degree will become the academic 
major for the bachelor's degree. 

Majors available through the 2+2 Program include Biblical Literature, 
Christian Education, CounseHng, Criminal Justice, Intercultural Studies, 
Justice and Ministry, Law and Justice, Management, Marketing, Pastoral 
Ministries, Professional Writing, Social Work and Youth Ministries. 

Pathways G3 29 


Lilly Endowment, Inc. 
announces $4.5 million grant! 

"Taylor University is once again particularly blessed to be the recipient 
of the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Alumni and friends have a 
wonderful opportunity to prepare and equip our students to meet 21st 
century challenges through a rigorous academic curriculum that enhances 
all our programs to ensure the essential Taylor experience. Each dollar you 
invest in the University will be matched by the Endowment with $1.50! 
I am so excited that God has given me the privilege of leading Taylor 
University during these great days of global opportunity. Will you join me 
by giving and then celebrating with me God's faithfulness as we partner 
together in achieving this goal?" 

In a June announcement from the Lilly Endowment, lnc.,Taylor University was invited 
to participate in The Special Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy for Indiana Higher 
Education Institutions - Phase II. Beginning June 1, 2005, all gifts from alumni and friends 
count toward a $3,000,000 goal that will be matched by the Endowment at a 1 : 1 .5 ratio. 

By the conclusion of this special initiative, December 3 1 , 2006, Taylor will receive $4.5 
million from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 



Where your calling takes shape 

Every dollar counts. Please contact Sherri Harter, associate vice president for advancement, 
at (260) 744-8775 for additional information or visit 

30 alumnus ES Fall 2005 

Faculty, Staff and Student Honors and Acconnplishments 

Leon Amstutz, assistant professor 
of computing and system sciences, 
completed a second Master of Science 
degree in Information Technology from 
Capella University in June. 

David Biberstein, professor of pastoral 
ministries, vs^ill serve as interim pastor for 
Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia 
City, IN, beginning in October He leaves 
a three-year interim pastorate at Salem 
Community Church, Wilmot, IN. 

Michael Cook, assistant professor of 
counseling, taught a two-week course, 
entitled Discipling Students, to TUFW 
faculty and student development 
personnel, as part of the spiritual 
formation curriculum. 

Anita Gray, director of Calvin H. English 
Library/assistant professor, and Michael 
VanHuisen, reference librarian/assistant 
professor, presented a roundtable 
discussion, entitlted "Information 
Literacy and the Reluctant Student," at 
the Association of Christian Librarians 
conference held in Columbia, SC. 

Kevin Mahaffy, director, Center for 
Lifelong Learning (CLL), and Cherl 
Scherry, enrollment and operations 
coordinator, CLL, attended an event at 
the Indiana Statehouse, August I, at which 
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman 
recognized August I -5 as "Distance 
Education Week" in the state of Indiana. 

Terry McDonald, non-traditional junior, 
pastoral ministries major and mayor 
of New Haven, IN, received an award 
from the Northeast Indiana Workforce 
Investment Board for his Youth Advisory 

Jennifer Spurlock, senior, public relations 
studies major, completed an internship 
with the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber 
of Commerce in their small business and 
communications divisions. 

Sonja Strahm, assistant professor/director 
of the academic center for enrichment, 
attended the National Association for 
Developmental Education (NADE) board 
meetings in Greensboro, NC,July 

2 1 -24; she serves as vice president of 
the organization. She also attended the 
Technical Institute for Developmental 
Education in San Marcus, TX, July 24-29. 

Heather St. Peters, assistant professor 
of communications, traveled to Lithuania 
over the summer where she taught Oral 
Communication to students from various 
Eastern European nations; the program is 
run by Lithuania Christian College (LCC). 
St. Peters' has taught at LCC during the 
summer months since 2001. 

Quinn White, associate professor of 
education, was recognized in the 2004-05 
Who's Who Among American Teachers, 
2004-2005 National Dean's List, 2005 
Western Buckeye League Coach of the 
Year (he is the track coach at Van Wert 
High School,VanWert,OH),and 2005 
Van Wert Times Track Coach of the Year. 

The Lady Falcon Voileybal! team placed 
second at the Goshen Invitational at the 
beginning of September. 

The Road to Radio 


As I sorted through my stack 
of daily mail, I found a faded 
piece of salmon-colored paper with 
handwritten notations in the margins. 
The attached letter explained that, as 
the family was sorting through the 
estate of their mother, they found the 
letter and thought I might want it. The 
paper, entitled "Indispensable Friends 
who will put WBCL on the Air," was 30 
years old. 

Three decades ago, during the fall 
season of 1975, the Fort Wayne area 
was buzzing with news that a Christian 
radio station would be coming soon. 
Fort Wayne Bible College President, 

Dr. Timothy Warner, and Director of Public Relations, Bob 
Weyeneth, were hosting "dessert coffees" to raise the initial 
$100,000 from Indispensable Friends to put WBCL on the air. 

In my hand was a letter of invitation to one of those coffees. 
That piece of paper, now my treasure, was evidence of the 
dream that Christian broadcasting would soon be transmitted 
in and around the Fort Wayne area. Dr. Warner was ready to 
lead the college on a path that loomed large and unknown, but 
we were excited and full of anticipation for what God would 

do! At 6 a.m. on January 12, 1976, the dream 
was realized; music filled the air at 90.3 fm. 
Since beginning down that path thirty years 
\ ago, The WBCL Radio Network has added 

' stations in Archbold and Spencerville, OH. A 

translator serves Muncie, IN. This spring, a 
dream for the past six years became reality 
with the addition of 97.7 in Adrian, MI. 
* During these 30 years, the path this 

ministry has taken has been a two-way path 
l" between staff and listeners. As we have sent 

the message of Christ through the airwaves to 
thousands of listeners, they have responded 
with daily letters, phone calls, e-mails and 
personal visits to the WBCL studios. Recent 
contacts from over 32 countries confirm that 
WBCL's 24/7 Internet streaming provides a path of hope to a 
chaotic world. 

The greatest joy of all is hearing the stories - how WBCL was 
the path to listeners' hearts as God used a song, a message, 
an interview or a scripture verse to encourage them in their 
journey as a Christ-follower. 
And, yes, my new treasure is framed and hangs in my office. 
Char Binkley, Executive Director, 
WBCL Radio Network 

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The Pathway Home 

New Alumni Director Appointed 

In a small Midwest town, in the early 1 970s, the lives of a group of friends were changed, literally, forever. 
Harold Raymond, a new Christian, invited his two brothers and high school friends to an Ohio State 
University Campus Crusade for Christ rally in the summer of 1972, where they were introduced to the 
Gospel. The Gospel spread quickly throughout central Ohio and five area high schools started Bible 
studies. The youngest Raymond brother, Scott, gave his life to Christ that summer, as did many of the 
friends. Their intense passion for Christ compelled several to full-time ministry, including Scott. 

In order to gain a clearer sense of the Lord's direction, Scott waited two years after graduation before 
attending college. John Jones g76, a friend of the Raymonds who had attended the Ohio Bible studies, 
encouraged Scott to attend Fort Wayne Bible College, where John himself was studying. Scott enrolled 
and declared a biblical studies major, intending to ultimately attend seminary. 


Raymonds left to right: Amy, a freshman at TUFW, Ashley, 
a senior at Covenant College, GA, Julie (Tyrie) g81, Allyson, 
who is completing her senior year of high school in GA, 
Scott g80 and Amanda, a junior at Blackhawk High School, 
Fort Wayne. 

Between his sophomore 
and junior year, Scott 
accepted the call to serve 
as senior pastor at a small 
church in Ohio. During 
.' that year, he had a sense 
that the Lord was not 
calling him to be a pastor, 
yet he was still passionate 
jout ministry. 
He was selected to be 
a resident assistant his 
L^ : junior year and found his 
ministry niche under the 
;' :^ leadership of Russ Rogers, 
' ^ ' dean of students. He 
served as a co-resident 
director in Schultz Hall his 
senior year and became 
resident director after he 

I - graduated. 

In 1981, he married 
his college sweetheart, 
Julie Tyrie g8 1 , who had 
also served as a resident 
assistant at FWBC.They 
both felt called to continue 
to minister to students in full-time student development 
careers, but decided on a year-long sabbatical from living in 
college residence during their first year of marriage.They 
were not prepared for what would happen next. 

That winter, their apartment burned down and they 
literally lost everything.They found immeasurable support 
from FWBC who provided temporary housing, clothing 
and other necessities. Having been invited back campus to 
attend a basketball game, they were called to center court 
during halftime and presented with a gift of money. "FWBC 
stepped up and filled the gap," he recounts. 
Beauty from Ashes 

Scott got a call from his older brother, sharing that his 
church had a furnished apartment and would assist Scott 
and Julie in finding new jobs. Although the offer was in 
Pennsylvania, they felt the Lord guiding them there. Scott 
reflects, "After moving to Pennsylvania, seven months later I 
was hired as dean of students at Geneva College that more 

than likely I would not have had unless I had been in the 
state. God knew our passion was to serve Him in the area 
of student development and although our plans seemed 
destroyed along with our belongings in the apartment fire, it 
was like God had said, 'I'm going to move you in a way you 
didn't plan.'" 

Three years later, he was hired as dean of students at 
Covenant College, a position that he held for over 19 
years. "Besides my family and loved ones, my experiencto 
in student development have been the greatest blessings 
I could have imagined," he recalls. "I have been awed to 
see the movement of God in students' daily lives through 
the educational community of Christian higher education. 
Students' spiritual growth, evidenced by repentance, 
reconciliation, sacrifice and learning, were just a few of th 
constant reaffirmations that I was in the right place." 

Then, last winter it became clear to Scott and Julie that 
the Lord's hand was moving them once again. 

"After several months of pursuing where God would 
have us serve Him next, Julie and I were clearly convinced 
that God was calling us back to Fort Wayne; our daughters' 
responses have affirmed it, as has the encouragement from 
the friends who know us best." 

After spending over 30 years in "college," Scott is ready to 
"graduate" and join the ranks of alumni services. 

"What attracted me to the alumni director's position was 
my past at Fort Wayne," he begins, "it's a homecoming to 
us, to be able to work with those with whom we share a 
heritage and a love for learning. It's our time to give back 
to those who so deeply impacted our lives in the 70s as 
well as throughout our marriage. We owe a great debt of 
love to the faculty, staff and students of Fort Wayne." 

But Scott sees a future, not the past. "Ministry to God's 
children whether in a congregation or college is the golden 
thread that runs through it all. It's an honor to be able to 
work alongside the faculty and staff who educated me and 
who stayed true to the Gospel and the college's mission all 
these years." 





Where callings take shape 

Our Homecoming/Parents' Weekend theme, "Discover again... where your 
calhng took shape" echoed throughout the weekend s programs and events 
as decades of alumni returned home. The September 23rd weekend was a busy 
blend of celebration, remembrance, tribute and vision as Taylor University Fort 
Wayne alumni welcomed President Dr. Gene Habecker as our 30th president, 
rejoiced with the class of 1955 as they celebrated their 50th reunion, honored 
our alumni for their service around the world and buzzed with fresh excitement 
about our future. I was humbled by four specific events. The Alumni Chapel 
set the starting pace at high speed as Reverend Cal Rychener g80 spoke of 
consecrating ourselves for His call. Cal's sermon was on the heels of a high- 
powered acoustical performance of the doxology played by Kevin Sowers g84. 
The Class of 1955 celebrated its 50th anniversary and filled the room with words 
of honor, dignity, humility, love and contentment as they thanked God for their 
past and praised Him for our future. The Friday evening tribute by the men 
and women of Schultz Hall was powerful as the building's 101 year history, 
accompanied by decades of the residence life staff and alumni, was highlighted 
by opportunities to stories of His faithfulness. Our Saturday luncheon didn't 
miss a beat as God's work on this campus was hallmarked by the faculty, 
staff and alumni's unwavering commitment to the purpose and future of the 
University! Amidst these fine times were moments of great fellowship around 
soccer, a music spectrum, a silent auction, a Bebo Norman/Joy Williams concert 
and many other times of sharing and discussion. To one and all who made this 
year successful, and to those who are now more committed than ever to making 
this the best University in the world, I give you my thanks! 

Scott Raymond g80 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Below (left): Dr. Gene Habecker greets the alumni at the alumni brunch. Below (right): Students 
(front row) Becky Agre, sophomore; (second row I to r) Katy Mannarino, freshman, Suzanne 
Duvall, senior, (third row I to r) Brad Thomas, sophomore, David Reynolds, sophomore, perform 
at the music spectrum. At right: James Gurley g45 looks through a yearbook. Above (right): 
Former Schultz Hall residents tour Schultz Hall after the Schultz Hall Reunion. Bottom row (I to 
r): Dan Cairl g84, Scott Davis g85, Phil Hentz g84. Middle row (I to r): Mark Condrey g87,Angie 
(Widmark) Davis g85,Teri Hogg g86. Back row (I to r):WesWiederkehr fs84, Bryan Allison g86, 
Cheri (Nearhood) Deweese g83. 

& Parents' 

September 23-24 

34 alumnus 

Fall 2005 

Clockwise from top left: 
Rev. Cal Rychener g8 1 receives the 
distinguished alumnus for professional 
achievement award; Rev. Jeff Gerig g84 
receives the distinguished alumnus 
for service to Taylor University Fort 
Wayne award;Tami Solak, assistant to 
the director of alumni relations, receives 
honorary alumna award; Dave Lawson, 
junior, plays against the alumni in the 
varsity vs. alumni soccer game; the class 
of 1 955 poses for a picture with spouses/ 
guests (identified below); Dr Daryl Yost ha96 
visits with Rebecca Green g99 (left) and 
Brooke Wilson g03; Pam (Carey) Barcalow g7l 
and Doug Barcalow g7 1 bid on silent auction 
items; Phil Logan g67 and Jan (Schumacher) 
Logan g68 are awarded the distinguished 
alumnus for personal achievement award. 

Class of 1 955, at bottom right: Bottom row 

(I to r):Virginia Lehman g55,Velma (Mollan) 

Gordon g55, Mae (Schmidt) 

Mohr g55. Second row (I to 

r): Gordon Klopfenstein g55. 

Brad Gordon, Dn Jackie Carl 

g53,Tom Mohn g56.Third 

row (I to r): Sharon Haller, 

Ethel (Schlatter) Klopfenstein 

g59, Norman Geisler, Barbara 

(Cate) Geisler 

g55, Audrey 

(Sparks) Orr 

g55,John Nichols 

g55, Barbara 

(Haffner) Nichols 

g55. Fourth row 

(I to r):Joe Pitzer 

g55, Rev. George 

Nantz g55, 

Orville Orr g55. 

Pathways m 35 

(f^yCuA-vu^ / [eoj^ / (crte^y 

Office of Alumni Relations • (260) 744-8790 • • 

Throughout the alumni news, you will find alumni 
giving percentages listed by class year, for the fiscal 
year 2004-05. Figures include giving to the annual 
fund, designated giving, mission trips and WBCL 
Radio Network. 



















1941 67% 

Rev. Carl and Bette (Driskell) Shafer 
fs41 are retired missionaries of the 
United Methodist Church, having served 
in Cuba and Uruguay. They hve in a 
Jacksonville, FL, retirement community. 



1944 77% 

Miriam (Schumacher) Escher g44 
turned 88 years old in November 2004. 
She and her husband, George (90) 
teach Bible classes and lead a prayer 
coffee in Kailua, HI. Miriam's e-mail is 







1948 76% 

Paul Erdel g48 TUUgSO is teacher and 
counselor for Hispanic churches of the 
Missionary Church in the North Central 
and Michigan districts. His e-mail is 
rutherdel@core . com. 









36 alumnus 


Fall 2005 

1953 52% 

Richard g53 and Ida (Snoke) Leever 
fs55 are retired and are in their eighth 
season of RV ministry in Desert Hot 
Springs, CA. Richard is chaplain and 
Ida teaches Bible studies. Their e-mail is 

Pete and Donelda (Coy) Peterson g53 are 
retired missionaries with TEAM. They 
continue to hold revival meetings and 
seminars on spiritual warfare and speak 
at missionary conferences. Their e-mail 



1955 34% 

Rev. Derrell Brown g55 is retired, but 
works part-time as a director at a funeral 
home in Riverside, CA. His e-mail is 

Stan g55 and Donna Jean 
(Neuenschwander) Leonard g55 
celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on August 7, 2004, at the 
First Baptist Church of Prescott, AZ, 
where Stan served for 10 years as pastor 
of home ministries. Their address is 
4541 N Lone Cactus Dr, Prescott Valley, 
AZ 86314. 



1958 52% 

In March, John Zurcher g58 was 
re-elected as superintendent for the 
Eastern District of the Missionary 
Church for another four years. He 
and his wife, Bemadine (Amstutz) g60, 
reside in Dover, PA. Their e-mail is 



I960 46% 

Bob g60 and Margaret "Peggy" (Owen) 
Liechty g60 are retired and live in 
Berne, IN. Bob is chaplain of The Berne 
Ministerium and coordinates Berne 
Union Meetings with Dr. Erwin Lutzer. 
They have three married children and 
seven grandchildren. Their e-mail is 
bpliechty @yahoo . com . 

1961 52% 

Howard g6 1 and Ruth (Ringenberg) 
Moser g6 1 sei've with World Partners 
USA in northwest Spain after 40 years 
of ministry in Ecuador Their e-mail is 

1962 53% 

Ralph g62 and Norma (Lehman) 
Brandenburg g62 minister to Cubans in 
Florida. E-mail is 



1964 49% 

Grant Osborne g64 is in his 29th year 
teaching New Testament at Trinity 
Evangelical Divinity School. His e-mail 

Samuel and Ruth (Pipkin) Wegner 
g64 serve as missionaries in Italy with 
Biblical Ministries Worldwide. Their e- 
mail is 

1965 32% 

Judith (Dunlap) Barr g65 is director of 
Samaritan Homeless Clinic in Dayton, 
OH. This past year, she was chosen as 
one of Dayton's Top Ten Women. 

Darryl Congos g65 is the founder/ 
director/speaker of College Level 
Learning Skills. His e-mail is 

Roger Doriot fs65 and his wife, Suzanne, 
are missionaries in Indonesia. They 
completed a seminar to get God's 
Word into all the languages of Papua; 
65 people from 35 different language 
groups attended. Roger's e-mail is 
rogerdoriot@yahoo . com . 

1966 43% 

Myron g66 and Betty Harrison g65 
serve with OMF International in the 
Philippines. Myron participated in 
TOPIC and Mentor Link seminars. 
E-mail them at 

Niles Kageyama g66 has served as 
pastor of Koloa Missionary Church for 
14 years. He was recently appointed 
as vice superintendent of pastoral care 

in the Hawaii district. His e-mail is 

Ann (Radcliffe) Mann fs66 teaches 
first grade at Powers Terry Elementary 
School. She and her husband, Jerry, live 
in Marietta, GA. Their e-mail is jerry. 

Terry g66, TUU68 and Shirley (Berty) 
Snyder g64 retired from pastoral 
ministry in the United Methodist 
Church and are now working as staff 
care ministers with China Outreach 
Ministries. Terry continues to be a 
trainer with Life Innovations. They 
live in Erie, PA. Their e-mail is 

1967 39% 

John g67 and Arlene (Dissinger) Motter 
g67 served the Phillipsburg Missionary 
Church for 10 years. John will continue 
his chaplaincy 2 days a week at Day 
View Nursing Home. Their e-mail is 
j dacmotter@juno . com . 

1968 53% 

Jon g68 and Judy (Reavis) Sevall g67 
have served with World Partners USA 
since 1970. 





1970 49% 

Dr. Jerry Knoblet g70 recently published 
a book "Herod the Great." Jerry has 
taught Greek and Theology for the last 
seven years at Appalachian Bible College. 



1972 29% 

Rick Haberkamp g72 is preparing 
training materials to teach church 
workers in northern Chad. His e-mail is 
haberkS @yahoo . com . 

Paul g72 and Marian (Enders) Keidel 
g72 serve with C&MA as field directors 
in France. Marian recently completed a 
study program that certifies her to teach 
English as a Foreign Language. Their 
e-mail is 

1973 41% 

Brad Smith g73 is director of 
communications at Trinity Evangelical 
Free Church in Redlands, CA. His e-mail 

1975 27% 

In June, Wayne Allen g75 and others 
formed a prayer team and traveled 
to Thailand. He will be in India 
and Indonesia this fall, training 
people to launch church planting 
movements around the world by 
personal discipleship. His e-mail is 

Roy and Darla (Schock) Oksnevad g75 
serve with The Evangelical Free Church 
Mission. Roy trains and teaches groups 
to minister to other cultures. Darla is 
substitute teaching at Timothy Christian 
School. E-mail is 



1977 36% 

Carol (Edwards) Kuehnert fs77 is 
a case manager for Home Nursing 
Services, Fort Wayne, IN. She has three 
daughters: Jami, who was married in 
July; April, who was married in April; 
and Kelli, who is a senior in high school. 

Guy Suzuki fs77 is a public school 
cafeteria manager serving three 
elementary schools and one high school 
(over 3,500 meals daily). His e-mail is 
suzukign7 1 @hawaii . com. 

1978 36% 

Mark fs78 and Debbie (Rupp) Blosser 
g79 served with Trans World Radio for 
over 25 years, five of them in Africa. 
They are close to their goal of covering 
the entire country of Swaziland with 
Christian FM broadcasting. Their e-mail 

Jeannie (Gerig) Johnson g78 and her 
husband, Tim TUUg81, visited the USA 
this summer They returned to Japan 
where they serve with TEAM. Their e- 
mail is 

In July, Mark g78 and Dee Krueger 
returned to Guinea from home 

assignment. Future plans are to develop 
a mobile medical ministry, start a 
computer-learning center, develop a 
water filtration project, and continue 
the use of English classes for outreach. 
Mark is assuming new responsibilities as 
assistant Fula team leaden Their e-mail 

Alan g78 is director of district 
ministries and Kim (Wills) Yerke g78 is 
administrative assistant at the Michigan 
district office of the Missionary Church. 
Al is also an adjunct professor at Spring 
Arbor University. Their e-mail is 

1979 35% 

Gary Aupperle g79 serves as senior 
pastor of Hope Missionary Church 
in Bluffton, IN. His e-mail is 
gkaupp@y ahoo . com . 

Deborah Nayrocker fs79 is the author 
of the recently released book "The Art 
of Debt-Free Living." Her e-mail is 

1980 26% 

Carol Findlay g80 returned to South 
Korea on July 20. 

This summer Elwood "Skip" Kite g80 
was involved in children's meetings, 
a father/son speaking engagement, 
dramatic presentations, meetings with 
pastors, camps and numerous VBS 
programs. E-mail is 

1981 36% 

John Gerig g81 is pursuing his doctorate 
through The Oxford Centre for Mission 
Studies. Residency is required in 
England for the first three months. His 
e-mail is 

Duane Hunt g8 1 is pastor of Center 
Point Church in Florida. His wife, 
Peggy (Hodges) g81, teaches 5th grade 
in a public school. They have five adult 
children and three grandchildren. Their 
e-mail is 


October 2005 

Oct con't November 2005 January 2006 

18 Pittsburg, PA area 

25 Chicago, IL area 1 Berne, IN area 23 St Petersburg, FL area 

/ 9 Lancaster, PA area 

26 Chicago, IL area 10 Indianapolis, IN area 24 Avon Park, FL area 

1 9 Lancaster, PA area 

25 Sarasota, FL area 

24 Gurnee, IL area 

26 Fort Myers, FL area 

NOTE: Events 

in italics are held at lunch, all other events are held in the evening. 

News Notes G 37 

Alumni Cross Paths 

Don g8 1 and Rachel (Weber) Kramer 
g79 serve with C&MA in Taiwan. Don 
was named field director in July. Their 
e-mail is 

Lorie (Sonnentag) Vincent g85 lives in a small Wisconsin town, but is having a big 
impact on the medical community. She v^as diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma, 
a very rare cancer, six years ago. Despite the fact that it was detected very early and 
she showed no symptoms of the cancer at the time, she was given a bleak prognosis of 
five years. Although she continues to battle with cancer, now into the sixth year, she has 
oudived her doctor's most opdmistic prognoses. She underwent two rounds of radiation 
and completed four years of chemotherapy in April. Since then, two new tumors have 
been discovered in her left lung; and, chemotherapy has resumed. She will undergo 
her third lung resection this fall if the tumors do not shrink. She has been receiving 
breakthrough chemo treatments, and if successful, her case will make medical journals by 
next summer. 

While leaving a little doctor's office (two exam rooms), following a chemo treatment 
last year, another woman seeking treatment asked her if she was Lorie Vincent, who had 
attended Fort Wayne Bible College. The other woman in the office was Vicki (Vincent) 
Miller g83. Both women's husbands, Mark g85 and Tony g84, played on the FWBC soc 
team. Lorie's husband Mark was often thought to beVicki's brother since they shared 
same last name (there is no known relation). Despite living near each other in the smU 
Midwestern area, the two women had not seen each other in 20 years. Lorie shares.'The 
two nurses, one technician and doctor in the office were all curious about our reunion; it 
turned into quite a ministry opportunity!" 

Lorie adds, "God has been merciful to me in so many ways and I'll be forever grateful. I 
continue with chemotherapy on a regular basis, beginning my fourth straight year. Other 
than fatigue, I am doing well and living a life that I now consider (almost) normal." 

Vicki was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2004, had surgery, chemo and 
radiation. With all check ups having been clear of cancer so far, she hopes to celebrate 
one year cancer free in October. 

Both Lorie and Vicki continue to serve in ministry for which they were trained 
at FWBC. Lorie and her husband own Design For Ministry^M, a consulting firm for 
churches, para-churches and other non-profit organizations. Vicki serves as business 
office coordinator at Timber-lee Christian Center Both women have teenagers and adult 
children. Lorie's positive attitude is evident as she concludes, "God is alive and able to 
work through his servants, who remain open to his calling in all circumstances." 



1983 19% 

Curtis Alexander g83 is senior pastor 
of Groveland Missionary Church in 
central Illinois. He was recently named 
associate editor of Missionary Church 
Today magazine. His e-mail is 



Above left: Vicki (Vincent) Miller g83, youngest daughter, Cara, husband, Tony 
g84. Above right: Mark g85 and Lorie (Sonnentag) Vincent g85. 

1985 26% 

Jim Hughes fs85 serves with Missionary 
Athletes International, North Carolina. 
Ministry opportunities for the Charlotte 
Eagles include Holland, Singapore, 
Thailand, Rwanda and Uganda as the 
team tours these countries playing 
soccer and sharing the Gospel. E-mail is 

Allen Rassi g85 is director of youth and 
program ministries at St. Marys United 
Methodist Church in Georgia. His 
wife, Rebecca (Sprow) fs85, serves as 
organist/pianist. She also teaches piano 
and flute. Allen also works part-time for 
Camden County High School in the area 
of sound and multimedia technology. 
They have four children. Their e-mail is 

1986 23% 

Jim Gehman g86 and his wife, Bonnie, 
and daughters are on home assignment 
from Venezuela until August 2006. Their 
e-mail is and Web 
page is 

Janna (Schlatter) Worthman g86 is 
director of children's ministry, Grabill 
Missionary Church, Grabill, IN. She and 
husband, Randy, have three children: 
Kaley (13), Conner (11) and Kensley (8). 

1987 32% 

Dave g87 and Dorcas McDeavitt g76 
were in the USA for the summer. Their 
e-mail is 

1988 8% 

Ed Irmeger g88 is an accountant 
for Drywall City in Bloomington, 
IL. He received his BS degree from 

38 alumnus 

Fall 2005 

Illinois State University in 2000. He 
and his wife, Kathy (Nemeth) g88, 
have four children. Their e-mail is 
edandkathyplus4@netscape . com. 

Bradley Ulick g88 is pastor of Spring 
Lake Missionary Church and chaplain 
at the Pekin Police Department. In 
1992, he received his masters in ministry 
from Bethel College. He and his wife, 
Kimberly (Parker) g90, reside in Illinois 
with their children, Caleb and Lorinda. 
Their e-mail is 

Graham g88 and Lori (Fazio) West 
fs86 and family led a group of 25 to 
Singapore and Thailand this summer. 
Graham is director of international 
tours, global department. Missionary 
Athletes International. His e-mail is 

1989 30% 

Bruce g89 and Dawn (Clark) Cluckie 
g89 are on a one-year home ministry 
assignment; they will return to Guinea 
in August 2006. Their e-mail is 

1990 16% 

Todd and Tammy (Hall) Fedele g90 and 
daughters, Lydia and Abigail, announce 
the birth of Gabriel Michael bom May 
19. Their address is 17238 County Rd 
226, Cecil, OH 45821. 

1991 23% 

Dr. Jennifer Perkins-Behun fs91 is a 
child disability specialist for the military 
and teaches at Florida Metropolitan 
University. Jennifer published a 
children's book on autism in 1994 and 
provides training services for teachers, 
parents and students on children with 
disabilities. She was honored this past 
year in Who's Who of American Women. 
Her e-mail is 

Kent Kessler g91 with his wife, 
Melissa, and children announce the 
birth of Andrew Joel bom July 4. 
Kent is director of youth ministries 
at Main Street United Methodist 
Church in Kokomo, IN. His e-mail is 
kkkessler@yahoo. com . 

David Reed g91 was ordained in the 
Michigan district of the Missionary 
Church, May 15. Dr Doug Barcalow 
g71, associate dean of Christian 
Ministries, was the ordination speaker 
David is completing a PhD at Fordham 

University; he has accepted a faculty 
position at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN. 

Timothy Stauffer g9 1 is president of 
Stauffer Financial Advisors. He and 
his wife, Karen, and four adult children 
reside in Fort Wayne. Tim's e-mail is 
tim@staufferfinancial . com . 

1992 36% 

Tammy (Gerstung) Brown g92 and 
husband, Joel TUU g9 1 , along with 
Haley (8), Savannah (7) and Joelle (5), 
announce the adoptions of Samuel Paul, 
bom July 18, 2003, and Isaac David, 
bom July 11, 2004. Their e-mail is 
j oeltammyx7@yahoo . com . 

Mark McMeen fs92 works on a dairy 
farm; his wife, Sharon (DeBolt) g94, is 
a parapro for 5th-6th grade at Chicago 
Street School in Bronson, MI. They have 
three children: Stephen (11), Sarah (10) 
and Micah (8). 

Amy (Level) g92 married William Warren 
on July 9. She teaches at South Wayne 
Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN. Her 
e-mail is 

1993 23% 

Tom and Brenda (Garver) Shepherd g93, 
and daughters, Annalise (4) and Katie 
(2), announce the birth of Allison Grace. 
June 12. Their address is 1 1763 N 600 W 
90, Roanoke, IN 46783. 

Clark Woods g93 is the clearing 
services relationship manager for 
Lincoln National Corporation. He is 
also involved in the Fort Wayne Study 
Connection, Fort Wayne Urban League, 
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, 
Habitat for Humanity, Homeward 
Bound and the InRoads Program. His 
e-mail is 

1994 18% 

Brian Colby g94 is pastor of Fairfield 
Missionary Church. His wife, Nicole 
(AnJoiey) fs91 teaches at Miami 
University part-time and cares for their 
children: Wesley (3) and Morgan (1). 
Their e-mail is 

Petula Myers g94 serves with C&MA. 
She teaches three English classes, is 
finishing her final six months of language 
study and is involved in Sunday services, 
prayer meetings and cell groups. Her 
e-mail is 

1995 19% 

Sarah (Mathew) Curry g95 is missions 
coordinator at Calvary Missionary 
Church. She and her husband, Steven, 
and family reside in Redford, MI. Their 
e-mail is 

1996 25% 

Eric Flood g96 is associate pastor of 
South Park Church, Park Ridge, IL. His 
e-mail is 

Susan (Twedell) Oleson g96 and 
husband, James, announce the birth 
of Elijah James on January 14, 2004. 
James is a design engineer with Florida 
Production Engineering. Their e-mail is 

Mark g96 and Nicky (Williams) Pulfer 
gOO have a daughter, Olivia Isabel, bom 
December 14, 2002. Nicky attends 
lUPUI School of Law. Contact them 
at 5522 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 

1997 32% 

Matt Adams g97 is worship pastor at 
Grace Fellowship. He and his wife, 
HoUi, reside in Orlando, FL. Their e- 
mail is 

Mark and Tui (Walcott) Bedwell g97 
with son, Austin, rejoice in the birth of 
daughter, Morgan Tui, bom August 22. 

Jason Galvan and Aron (Barthold) g97 
were married on March 19, 2004. They 
reside in San Diego, CA. 

1998 15% 

Ben g98 and Jill (Stackert) Polhemus 
g95 with children, Kyle and Ellyse, 
announce the birth of Ayden on May 
5, 2004. Ben is youth pastor at Real 
Life Community Church, Portage, IN, 
and Jill is a dental hygienist. E-mails 
are and 
jpolhemus 3 @peoplepc . com. 

1999 20% 

Jennifer (Beeching) Byler g99 and her 
husband, Mark, announce the birth of 
Aiden James on March 20. Jennifer 
teaches in Fort Wayne Community 
Schools. Her e-mail is 

Michael Donovan fs99 &. TUUg99 and 
his wife, Abby, announce the birth of 
Michael Earnest Jr on March 28. Their 
e-mail is 

News Notes 


Shani Gray g99 is assistant professor for 
sociology, anthropology and criminal 
justice at Valdosta State University in 
Georgia. She received her doctorate of 
philosophy from lU on June 30. Her e- 
mail is 

2000 28% 

Betsy Anderson fsOO graduated from 
Dominican University, River Forest, IL, 
in May with a master's degree in social 
work. She is employed with Bethany 
Christian Sendees. Contact her at 61 
Dogwood St, Park Forest, IL 60466; 
betsyaZ 1 

Jonathan and Dawn (Renkenberger) 
Crandall gOO were married May 
14. TUFW participants were Kola 
(Dhurata) Embry g02 and Paul Ziegler 
cs. Dawn works at Barnes & Noble 
in Indianapolis. Jonathan is a design 
engineer at Carr Metal Products. 

Rick Henderson gOO is a flight 
coordinator for Net Jets. He and his 
wife Niki reside in Columbus, OH. His 
e-mail is 

Cara (Lambert) Jones gOO and her 
husband, Greg, and son, Dalton, 
announce the birth of Olivia Grace on 
March 26, 2004. Cara is a child and 
adolescent case manager at Wabash 
Valley Hospital. She may be reached at 
(765) 457-977L 

Jeremy gOO and Sarah (Spinney) Steup 
g02 announce the birth of Renee 
Elizabeth on December 10, 2004. E- 
mail them at and 

Robert Sweeney gOO is senior pastor at 
Cass City Missionary Church. He and 
his wife, Laura, and daughters, Katelyn 
(6) and Emma (3) reside in Cass City, 
MI. E-mail is 

2001 13% 

Bill gO 1 and Lauren (Bour) Davenport 
g98, with Colman (6), Mary (4) and 
Elisa (2), welcomed Tess Gabrielle, bom 
April 7, to their family. Bill's e-mail is 
admin@mcusa . org . 

Ryan McGee fsOl is communications & 
programming coordinator for Heartland 
Church in Indianapolis, IN. His e-mail 

James Rediger gOl works for the Greater 
Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce 

as a communications assistant in the 
small business division. His e-mail is 

Todd Yoder gOl and his wife. Amy and 
son, Mark, welcome to their family, 
Caleb Amo, born February 9. Todd is 
associate pastor of youth and parents at 
Jerusalem Chapel in PA. Their e-mail is 

2002 23% 

Jill (Probst) Bauer g02 is senior regional 
coordinator with Junior Achievement of 
Washington. She married Scott Bauer 
on December 17, 2004. Her e-mail is 
j illprobst@yahoo . com . 

Andy Booth g02 and is wife, Trisha, with 
Jacob (2), announce the birth of Elijah 
David on May 13. Andy is assistant 
pastor at Heartland Community 
Church, Fort Wajme, IN. His e-mail is 
andy@hccfw. com . 

Amy (Englert) Hepler fs02 received 
her BSW from the University of South 
Florida in 2002 and her MBA from Saint 
Leo University in May. She is a lender at 
the MacDill Federal Credit Union. Her 
husband, Troy, is a staff sergeant at the 
MacDill Air Force Base. Amy's e-mail is 
amy_hepler@msn . com . 

Ashley King g02 is the financial/ 
executive assistant at Vineyard 
Community Church in Greenwood, IN. 
Her e-mail is 

Yewubdar Manmektot g02 married 
Tyree Barfield August 6, 2004. They also 
announce the birth of Victoria Mekedes 
on May 1. Their address is 6510 Hadley 
Farm Ln, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. 

Rachel Osborn g02 is a banking 
compliance consultant in Salem, OH. 
Her e-mail is 

George Oprisko III g02 graduated from 
lU Bloomington on May 7 with an MS in 
education, specializing in student affairs/ 
administration. He accepted a position 
as area coordinator with John Carroll 
University in Cleveland, OH. His e-mail 

2003 12% 

Nathan Henriksen g03 married Erin 
Vesperman on May 28. Jon Ferguson 
g02 participated in the wedding. Nate 
and Erin reside at 1004 E Racine Ave, 
Waukesha, WI 53186. 

Mark Hunziker fs03 returned home from 
a six-month overseas deployment just in 
time to join his wife, Kristin (Carlson) 
Hunziker g02, in welcoming the addition 
of Chad Harris born May 10. Mark 
continues to serve in the US Navy and 
Kristin works as a nanny. Their e-mails 
are and 

Brooke Wilson g03 spent three weeks 
with the American Red Cross in the gulf 
area aiding in relief efforts. 

2004 33% 

Danielle Creech g04 is an advocacy 
counselor with Projects Place. Contact 
her at 421 1 Elsa Terrace, Baltimore, MD 

April Gridley g04 is in South Korea 
teaching English for one year. Her 
e-mail is 
and Web site is http://aprilsadventures. 

Josh g04 and Brenda (McDonald) Keim 
g04 were married on January 1 . They 
live in Fort Collins, CO. Their e-mail is 
graywolfkd@aol . com . 

Sandy Koselke g04 married Jeremy 
Claus on July 16. Ann (Spencer) 
Heathco g04 and Aleya (Kruis) Raterman 
g04 participated in the wedding. E-mail 

Nathanael Martin g04 graduated 
from the Indiana Police Corps with 
"Distinguished Honors" at the Indiana 
Law Enforcement Academy on February 
4. He is now a police officer with the 
Lowell Indiana Police Department. His 
e-mail is 

Nicholas fs04 and Ellen (Lundeen) Miller 
fs04 and Kaitlyn Faith (1) welcome to 
their family, Jackson Wayne, bom May 
1 1 . E-mail is 

This past summer. Heather Neilson 
g04 led a team of college students with 
English Language Institute of China 
to China. She is assistant registrar at 
King's College and Seminary. Her e-mail 

David Sensenig g04 is a teacher's aide 
with The Reginald S. Lourie Center 
School in Maryland. His e-mail is 
laudeus@hotmail. com. 

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2005 90% 

Julia Bcange g05 was the program 
director at a Christian girls' camp near 
Toronto this summer She moved to 
Calgaiy, Alberta, to pursue an MA in 
communication studies in September 
Her e-mail is 

Dorothy Biadley g05 works with the 
Marion County Prosecutor's Office as 
an IRS/BMV specialist. Her e-mail is 

Eileen Cla>1on g05 is in Ecuador serving 
with HCJB World Radio, teaching first/ 
second grade at Nate Saint Memorial 
School for one year. Her e-mail is 
eileenmarieclayton@yahoo . com . 

Elizabeth Lehman g05 applied to serve 
as a missionary in Haiti and the 4VEH 
radio station. In June, she went on 
the short term mission trip to Haiti 
which provided her with a glimpse into 
her future as a missionary working at 
the 4VEH radio station. The position 
needed was exactly what she had 
been praying for. Elizabeth's e-mail is 
li z_lehman@hotmail .com. 

Brian cs and Jennifer (Ritter) Omerso 
fs05, with daughter, Lilly, announce the 
birth of Wesley David, May 6. Jennifer 
is the children's youth director at First 
United Methodist Church of Bluffton. 

Erica Stratton g05 is a 4th grade teacher 
at First Assembly Christian School 
in Winston-Salem, NC. Her e-mail is 
stratcat9 1 1 @hotmail . com . 

Jeff g05 and Beth (Mittank) Yates g04 
announce the birth of daughter, Isabella 
Renee, born January 28. Jeff is the 
youth and family associate pastor of 
Anthony Wayne First Church of God, 
Fort Wayne, IN. 


Dorothy (Lindeman) Oden fs23 went to 
be with the Lord on May 2 1 . She was 
employed at General Electric Company 
for 10 years and at J. C. Penney Co. for 
20 years, retiring in 1971. She was a 
member of First Missionary Church. A 
daughter, seven grandchildren and 1 1 
great-grandchildren survive her. 

Lucille (Hesselbart) Niswander fs36 
joined her husband, Dwight fs37, in 
heaven, June 23. She served with her 
husband of 53 years as he pastored 
churches in OH, KS and CA. They also 

served on staff at Elim Bible Institute, 
NY and at Mt. Zion Retreat Center, PA, 
and in Canada. Her husband, a son 
and a daughter and three grandchildren 
preceded hen She is survived by two 
sons, three daughters, 21 grandchildren 
and 19 great-grandchildren. 

Bernice (Moore) Tuckey fs36, beloved 
wife of Dr. John Tuckey g36, went home 
to be with Jesus on June 1 . John's 
address is 8348 Davison Rd, Davison, 
MI 48423. 

Donald Eicher g37 entered into eternal 
life in heaven on February 16. 

Jane (Bedsworth) Hollenberg g39 
departed for heaven on April 28. She is 
survived by two daughters, three sisters 
and five grandchildren. 

On January 30, M. Lucille (Fisher) 
Amstutz g43 entered her heavenly home 
to be with Jesus and her husband, 
Winfred g43, who preceded her. 

Anna Neuensch wander fs43 was 
received in heaven on August 6. She 
served the Bible College for over 30 
years as secretary to three presidents: 
S. A. Witmer, Jared Gerig and Timothy 
Warner. Later, she became secretary 
at Missionary Church Headquarters, 
Fort Wayne. She was a member of First 
Mennonite Church in Berne, IN. She 
was preceded by three brothers and two 
sisters. Two sisters survive her. 

Ilva Yoder g46 entered her heavenly 
home on June 10. 

Helen (Imler) Walberg g47 went to her 
heavenly home on February 1 1 . She 
retired in 1985 after 35 years of teaching 
She was a first grade teacher in the 
Belvidere, IL, school system for 31 of 
those years. Her husband, a brother, a 
grandson and five nieces and nephews 
survive her. 

Harold Lehman g55 entered heaven 
on May 23. He was a retired funeral 
director and minister. His wife, 
Elizabeth (Baird) g56, a daughter and 
two sisters survive him. Elizabeth's 
address is 27107 Rainbow Creek Dr, 
Temecula, CA 92591-4512. 

On December 19, 2003, Mary Pavkov 
fs58 joined her husband, Julius g60, in 

Carl B. Ervin g59 entered heaven on 
January 13. After being ordained 
into the ministry in 1963, he and his 
wife, Emogene (Davis) g58, served the 
Missionary Church in PA, OH and MI. 
They served in The Free Methodist 
Church in MI and OH from 1979-1993, 
when he retired. Carl is survived by his 
wife, daughter, son, brother, sister and 
several nieces and nephews. 

Thomas R. Jones fs65 was received into 
heaven on November 4, 2003. He was a 
retired pastor, serving in Michigan. His 
wife, Ruth survives him. 

Sherry Ferber g89 was received in 
heaven on April 14. She is survived 
by her parents, a brother, a sister, two 
nieces and a nephew. 


Taylor University is grateful for the 
gifts which are given and specifically 
designated "in honor of" or "in memory 
of" loved ones, family members, friends, 
faculty members, classmates or those 
who, in some way, have left an indelible 
impression on the donors. 

In Memory of Joenita Yost 

Kim Knowles 

In Memory of Lucille Niswander 

Larry and Sherry Williams 
John and Leanne SmaUing 
Cokesbury United Methodist Church's 
Pathfinders Sunday School Class 

In Memory of Clifford Eichenauer 

Eldon and Ruthann Eichenauer 

In Honor of John Cherrie's 50th 
Anniversary of Graduation 

Gene and Janice Cherrie 


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